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North Fork Table and Inn - so SALTY!!!!

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agent99 Mar 30, 2009 09:12 AM

We dined at North Fork Table last night, which was the first night of Hamptons Restaurant week and we were so excited and the menu looked great. Boy had an extra appetizer off of the regular menu, the foie gras and hamachi, excellent says he. the flavors did seem very tasty. That was the best part of the meal though. Off of the restaurant week menu, we had had the smoked salmon appetizer, so salty, so so salty and we like salty. We also had the cavatelli and veal ragout appetizer which was tasty but nothing special, also salty but not inedible. For entrees, we had the salmon over bok choy and mushrooms. the fish was tasty but the bok choy was SO salty it was actually inedible! Our other entreee was the hangar steak which was really good but everything on the plate was completely over salted again!!!
The dessert - panna cotta and blood orange sorbet - very good and upside down pineapple cobbler, also good but overly sugary and too too sweet. Overall, we were disappointed and are cancelling our wednesday evening reservation as a result :( Had things not been so oversalted the meal would have been good, I am not going to even comment on the service as it was the first night of rest week and dont want to knock the place that much since so many people love it. we are also considering cancelling next sundays rez also :( :(

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    stefathena Mar 31, 2009 10:32 AM

    it's a shame to hear that. i hope restaurant week menu is to blame for this, but that doesn't really make much sense. north fork table has been great and consistent for a couple years now. i hope it's not jumping the shark. hearing that the desserts were bad is almost too much for me to handle!!

    1. littleshell Mar 31, 2009 12:59 PM

      I haven't been in a few months, so I'm hoping it's just a HRW glitch... it's one of my favorite spots! I had a great HRW dinner at Legends in New Suffolk on Monday and was pleased that they weren't a victim of the RW curse; everything was so fresh and perfectly seasoned (the cod with agrodolce was a favorite at our table and I could've had several orders of the sea scallop appetizer). I would never judge a restaurant just by RW though.

      1. roxlet Mar 31, 2009 04:11 PM

        I too, had a memorably fantastic meal at North Fork Table and Inn. Maybe it WAS restaurant week, as other posters have suggested. Lest's hope so!

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          pantalicious May 14, 2009 03:10 PM

          While the table was super rockstar when they first opened, it seems like the last couple of meals I've had there (since last fall) have not been up to the original standards. I'm finding that Jedediah Hawkins is the better choice

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            coll May 14, 2009 06:09 PM

            What, the new Jedediah? Haven't heard anything great yet. What is good that I don't know about?

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          chowareyou Aug 18, 2009 05:34 PM

          i would try it again. in my opinion, they never should have succumbed to restaurant week. it's no fun for anyone.

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            pink lady Aug 20, 2009 10:52 AM

            salty, everything has garlic and shallots tossed in...who serves mackeral thats a week old???? this is the most overated food ever...the paella was two shrimp and a two ounce piece of monkfish tossed with rice that was taxi-cab yellow ???? has the chef ever seen real paella? The managers are great!!!! desserts are great. the table next to us were very unhappy with the food...they were customers at Amuse, a restaurant the owners use to work at, and told us this crazy story about the chef coming in high as a kite and starting fights with guests and employees. We now go out with this couple regularly and dine all over long island but will never return to the North Fork Table and Inn as it is overrated and a miserable experience...however I would go in just for dessert and a glass od port

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              erica Aug 26, 2009 09:32 AM

              Apart from the issue of the color of the rice (last time I attempted paella, the saffron, indeed, turned the rice yellow!), has the NFT gone downhill? I ask because I am planning to dine there for the first time next week and am concerned about these comments....

              Has anyone had a very good meal here lately? Any recommendations on what to order signature dishes? Or should I actually consider cancelling the reservation??

              Many thanks!

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                streamwise Aug 26, 2009 08:20 PM

                I did the tasting menu there about three weeks ago, and it was excellent. Service was also very good. I also went back and did some of the a la carte menu, and found it a bit more mixed (salads good, crudo excellent, desserts ok, for entrees don't order the chilled poached salmon. It definitely didn't work for me). Its still definitely one of the better in the area.

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                  erica Sep 3, 2009 04:01 PM

                  UPDATE: In my opinion, which is based only on the one meal I had last night, this is the best restaurant on the NF! Beet salad, BErkshire pork chop, and the chocolate caramel dessert--each course was terrific . I actually found the meat to be a tad undersalted! Perhaps the chef has been reading Chowhound!

                  A strong recommendation. Good wine list, too.

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              wonka Sep 6, 2009 02:14 PM

              Haven't been there yet...but planning to get there soon, and looking forward to it.
              The only bad thing is that I was looking to stay over night, and w/Holidays they require 3 night min. I'll have to see how i can get there?? when is there slow season??

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                coll Sep 7, 2009 04:56 AM

                February and March? I think they close for the month of January.

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                SeoulQueen Sep 7, 2009 07:02 PM

                I ate at North Fork last year with my husband. I vaguely recall we both ordered fish and the overall impression was that it was nothing special. What I can remember is the food being too salty (might have been the sides) because we stopped afterwards to buy bottles of water as we were both very thirsty. I also remember thinking it was extremely overpriced for what we ate, the total bill was over $70 and that was for lunch!

                Very disappointing because I had read good reviews and we made a detour specifically so we could eat here. I'm glad others have enjoyed their experience but I won't go back- as I have had positive experiences from other restaurants on North Fork and they were much more affordable.

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